Barrow Bridge, Bolton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Cottages overlooking the Dean Brook

Barrow Bridge is a model village, in the township of Halliwell in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England. It was created in the Industrial Revolution but since the demolition of the mills is now a residential village.[1]

John and Robert Lord opened a cotton mill using water power from the Dean Brook which powered spinning mules invented by Samuel Crompton. The brothers built 13 cottages near the mill for workers. In 1830 Thomas Bazley and Richard Gardner bought and demolished the mill, replacing it with Dean Mills, twin six-storey steam powered mills situated on the east side of the brook at the entrance to the village. They created a model village for the mill workers on the hill top accessed by a flight of stone steps, with rows of cottages, a shop and an educational institute. Houses for the managers were built a short distance away, overlooking the brook. William Callender bought Dean Mill in 1861. The company went out of business after his death and the mill was demolished in 1913.[1]

Benjamin Disraeli visited the village in 1840, it is the basis of the fictional village Millbank in his novel, Coningsby, published in 1844.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Barrow Bridge Conservation Area" (PDF), Bolton Council, retrieved 28 July 2011 

Coordinates: 53°36′00″N 2°28′11″W / 53.6000°N 2.4697°W / 53.6000; -2.4697